Back in February I made an appeal to you for prayer. I shared with you that God was calling me to step out in faith; to follow Him rather than stay comfortable. I told you that God was calling me to a season of faith where my trust in Him would be without borders.
And at that time, it looked really scary.
I shared with you that I was about to enter a challenging schedule of ministry. Tomorrow will be the completion of ten weeks of intense ministry and I want to thank those of you who have been interceding for me.
God opened doors this year and sent me to some unexpected mission fields and through some unexpected schedule changes. This faith journey included an early arrival with a hospital stay, the threat of Dengue Fever, and cramming twenty thousand travel miles into ten weeks! But it also included seeing God work in incredible ways, hearing stories of transformation, watching repentance occur right before my eyes and witnessing spiritual birth in response to God’s pursuit.
In the midst of this ten weeks of stretching, the Father did an unexpected work in my heart. He renewed my passion and grew me in ways I didn’t realize were needed. He’s allowed me to experience the reality of His power displayed through my weakness:
[box]And He has said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness.” Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ’s sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong. (2 Cor. 12:9–10)[/box]
This has truly been a season of “trust and obey” taking one step at a time while keenly aware that as I walk by the Spirit, I am experiencing God in tangible and fresh ways.
Today, I’m on my way to speak again. Tomorrow I’ll be sharing the Word at the “Iron Sharpens Iron Women’s Conference” in Central Pennsylvania. Over the course of these weeks, I’ve met scores of women who are hurting and at a point of crisis, so I go to this last event knowing there will probably be more needy women there also.
Women are struggling under guilt, shame, hopelessness, and a never-ending-cycle of defeat.
Will you pray?
Our Rescuer delights in setting captives free, in lifting women from the pit of shame, in restoring broken relationships, and providing power for victory over sin! I’m asking God to continue the refining work He is doing in me, but may it also overflow to others and give them hope for what God can do in them.
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